Another confirmation that the States have crossed some kind of threshold into insanity is illustrated by the following related news stories:
Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) announced his opposition to the government funding bill, which totals $1.5 trillion but provides no disaster relief to Louisiana. Kennedy introduced an amendment to provide $2.5 billion in disaster aid to Louisiana, but the Senate blocked the amendment.
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The funding bill’s misguided provisions and spending include, but are not limited to:
- $286 million for Planned Parenthood and up to $200 million to promote abortions abroad.
- $3.2 billion in subsidies for green energy and $78.3 million for green initiatives at the Department of Agriculture.
- $172 million for disaster relief for other countries.
- $9.5 million to support “diversity, equity and inclusion” at the United States Agency for International Development and $4 million to establish an Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the State Department.
- $220 million for the Kennedy Center and the National Gallery of Art.
- $45 million for great apes living in central Africa and Indonesia.
- No provisions to halt implementation of Risk Rating 2.0, a Federal Emergency Management Agency plan that raises flood insurance premiums on Louisianians.
President Biden has signed into law a sweeping $1.5 trillion bill that funds the government through September and provides billions in assistance for Ukraine amid the Russian invasion.
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The legislation stretches more than 2,700 pages and funds the government through the current fiscal year. It also includes $13.6 billion in humanitarian and security assistance to address Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
Biden said the Ukraine assistance would help the country defend against a broad Russian attack and address humanitarian needs as millions of Ukrainians flee their homes.
Not one red cent for Louisiana disaster victims but billions for Ukrainians. Likewise, megadollars for defense of the Ukraine against attack but little regard for the invasion at the US-Mexico border, despite the fact that dangerous things like fentanyl continue to cross and ravage people all across the States.
This is indefensible. It is a fine thing to want to give aid to folks around the world who need it, but care should begin at home. Once we are on a firm footing here, then we can begin to think about how we can help abroad. St. Paul is clear on this point: ‘If any one does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his own family, he has disowned the faith and is worse than an unbeliever’ (1 Timothy 5:8).
And once again, we must ask ourselves, is the Ukraine a place we want to invest billions of dollars (which we don’t even have)? What the French writer Thierry Meyssan has posted recently should give us pause:
In February 2014, the “Revolution of Dignity,” also known as “EuroMaidan,” was a regime change sponsored by Straussian Victoria Nuland, assistant to Secretaries of State Hilary Clinton and John Kerry. In this context, a group of hooligan supporters of the Kharkiv soccer club, “Sect 82”, occupied the premises of the oblast governorate and beat up the employees of the former regime.
Become Minister of Interior, Arsen Avakov, who had been governor of Kharkiv during the former regime and one of the organizers of Euro 2012, authorized the formation of a paramilitary force of 12,000 men, around the hooligans of the “Sect 82” to defend the “revolution”. On May 5, 2014, the “Azov Battalion” or “Eastern Corps” was officially formed under the command of Andriy Biletsky.
The latter, known as the “White Führer”, is a theoretician of Nazism. He had been the leader of the “Patriots of Ukraine”, a neo-Nazi grouping that supported a Greater Ukraine and was violently anti-communist.
Andriy Biletsky and Dmitro Yarosh founded together the “Right Sector” which played the main role on Maidan Square in 2014. This openly anti-Semitic, homophobic structure was financed by the godfather of the Ukrainian mafia, the Jewish billionaire Ihor Kolomoysky. Internationally, the “Right Sector” is violently opposed to the European Union and intends instead to form an alliance of Central European and Baltic states, the Intermarium. This is also the project of the Straussians who, since the 1992 Wolfowitz report, consider the European Union to be a more dangerous rival for the United States than Russia. You remember the intercepted telephone conversation between Ms. Nuland and the US ambassador, in which she exclaimed: “f*ck the European Union” (sic).
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In September 2014, the interim government tasked the National Guard with absorbing the Azov Battalion and removing some Nazi leaders from the outfit.
In the October 2014 elections, two former Nazi leaders of the Azov Regiment, Andriy Biletsky and Oleh Petrenko were elected to the Rada (National Assembly). While the “white führer” sat alone, Petrenko joined the parliamentary group supporting President Petro Poroshenko. The Azov Battalion then became the Azov Regiment of the National Guard.
In March 2015, the Minister of the Interior (still Arsen Avakov) negotiated with the Pentagon for military training to be given by U.S. Special Forces to the Azov Regiment as part of Operation Fearless Guardian. But immediately Representatives John Conyers, Jr. (Democrat, Michigan) and Ted Yoho (Republican, Florida) denounced this as folly. They argued that arming Islamists in Afghanistan had made possible the formation of al-Qaeda and the spread of terrorism. They convinced their colleagues that the United States could not train neo-Nazis without risking the consequences. The congressmen therefore forbade the Pentagon to pursue and arm the Azov Regiment with rocket launchers (MANPADs) during the vote on the defense budget . However, the Pentagon returned to the charge and succeeded in having the amendment withdrawn. , prompting protests from the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
Why is the US federal government giving priority to such people rather than to Acadians in Louisiana who need their homes rebuilt?
Maybe the fact that the Biden family has ties to various shady enterprises in the Ukraine, including bioweapons labs, has something to do with it:
Then, of course, there is Hunter Biden. The National Pulse has found financial reports revealing that the investment firm of the “first son,” Rosemont Seneca Technology Partners, led Metabiota’s first round of funding, which amounted to $30 million, and that “Former Managing Director and co-founder of RSTP Neil Callahan – a name that appears many times on Hunter Biden’s hard drive – also sits on Metabiota’s Board of Advisors.” Callahan is also the co-founder of Pilot Growth Management, which is Metabiota’s current top investor.
Whatever the reason, the US, ever eager to go in search of monsters overseas to slay in order to justify their ‘exceptional’ view of themselves, are not only not following the Pauline injunction, they are going so far in the opposite direction that the blowback they are inviting will soon create a world that they will hardly recognize, one in which they are greatly diminished. A foretaste of this has just been revealed, namely, the report that Saudi Arabia is considering selling oil to China in yuan instead of dollars. If this happens, US strength in the world will crater:
One of the core staples of the past 40 years, and an anchor propping up the dollar’s reserve status, was a global financial system based on the petrodollar – this was a world in which oil producers would sell their product to the US (and the rest of the world) for dollars, which they would then recycle the proceeds in dollar-denominated assets and while investing in dollar-denominated markets, explicitly prop up the USD as the world reserve currency, and in the process backstop the standing of the US as the world’s undisputed financial superpower.
Those days are coming to an end.
One day after we reported that the “UK is asking Saudis for more oil even as MBS invites Xi Jinping to Riyadh to strengthen ties“, the WSJ is out with a blockbuster report, noting that “Saudi Arabia is in active talks with Beijing to price its some of its oil sales to China in yuan,” a move that could cripple not only the petrodollar’s dominance of the global petroleum market – something which Zoltan Pozsar predicted in his last note – and mark another shift by the world’s top crude exporter toward Asia, but also a move aimed squarely at the heart of the US financial system which has taken advantage of the dollar’s reserve status by printing as much dollars as needed to fund government spending for the past decade.
American imperialism must come to an end. It is destroying us directly and indirectly. We may be ‘owning the Russians’ through our sanctions, but the rise in commodity prices this is causing, and the alienation of other countries, like Saudi Arabia, that such arrogant and hypocritical actions bring about, will hurt us far more in the years to come as we deal with higher prices and scarcity of goods in areas ranging from a loaf of bread to a laptop computer.
To head this off, the US need to try cooperative engagement with other nations rather than no-win, Darwinian, survival-of-the-fittest competition and outright domination.
The alternative is bleak: The US, EU, and Russia continue to slash one another in their knife fight over the Ukraine, bleeding themselves white unto weakness, while China grows stronger.
And closer to home, Louisiana needs to create her own resiliency mechanisms to overcome disasters like floods, hurricanes, etc. Washington City is in the grips of a raging madness; we can’t rely on it. Our mineral resources are plentiful enough to provide for a reserve fund that could be used in such emergencies. But have we got a State government with enough wisdom and integrity to create one this spring and get help speedily to suffering Louisianans?
For Mr. Jeff Blanco, if he is reading, and anyone else struggling with cancer or other debilitating diseases, we pass along these links for edification and utility: